Lois Pack was born inside her great-grandmother's log cabin on Aug. 18, 1912. 

"I never dreamed I would live to be 99-years-old," Pack said Wednesdays. "But the Lord has truly blessed me with a very long, fulfilling life."

She celebrated her birthday with friends and family from across the state Saturday.

"It was wonderful seeing all of my family and having them all together. I had a wonderful time with all the grandchildren, nieces and nephews in my lap smiling, giving me hugs and kisses," Lois said.

Tragedy struck Lois' family while she was very young. Her father died after being struck by lightening before she was born.

Her mother eventually remarried and Lois grew up with four siblings on the family farm.

"I was a farm girl," Lois said. "I milked cows, raised hogs, shucked corn, plucked chickens and planted vegetables. Anything we needed to survive, us kids did it all alongside my stepdad."

She grew up "with no electricity, no running water, a wood burning stove and an outdoor John."

She handmade lye soap which she sold in Stephenville in front of her great-grandmother Carmack's log cabin - the same cabin where she was born.

Carmack Cabin still stands at the Stephenville Museum today.

Lois still remembers walking a mile to the Smith Springs School where two teachers taught all grades.

"Sometimes during the winter, we would nearly be frozen before we finally got to the school house," Lois said.

Still a child, her stepfather moved the family from Stephenville to the Panhandle in search of fertile soil.

"But my stepdad loved and longed for Stephenville and we returned a year later," she said.

Her favorite childhood memories were visits from Grandma Brown.

"She was a great student of the Bible, such a sweet lady," Lois recalled. "She would come and visit for two weeks and cook for us kids - we would have a blast."

It was Grandma Brown who taught Lois about the books of the Bible. They traveled to church every Sunday by horse and buggy.

While she cannot venture far from home today, Lois remains a loyal Baptist and devout Christian tuning into the televised Sunday service each week.

"The times sure have changed," Lois said. "I used to ride a buggy to church and now I can watch it on a television from my own home."

In 1939, she married Raymon Pack and eight years later the couple adopted two children - George and Alene.

"I have lived a good, blessed life," Lois said. "I have been healthy my whole life, I had good parents, good children and a good husband."

She attended John Tarleton Agricultural College and North Texas State University, and earned a master's degree in education from

Texas Tech University.

It was the years she spent learning in the Smith Springs school house that inspired her to become a teacher.

Upon graduation, she began teaching at various schools in the Texas panhandle, retiring from the profession after 22 years.

Lois enjoys being called a "lady" - a title her family and friends use without hesitation.

"It speaks to her good morals, Christian character and respect everyone has for her," said long-time friend Francine Rankin.

Rankin holds Lois dear in her heart and turns to her when she needs advice.

"You can always ask her advice about anything and always get a good reply," Rankin said. "She has so much life experience and she remembers everything so well. She has been through the Dust Bowl, World War II, through good times and bad and knows the answer to everyone's questions."

And on her 99th birthday, Lois offered a sage word of wisdom she learned as a child while in the lap of Grandma Brown.

"Live constantly by the Golden Rule. Simply treat others as you would like to be treated and you will reap everything you sow in abundance," Lois said.